The Bossman in The Bighouse

Thursday, June 01, 2006

The Disappearance of Theatre Owner Ambrose Small. Ontario, Canada. 1919.

Ambrose Small has been missing since December 2, 1919 from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. With a date of birth of 1863, he would be 143 years old. Ambrose Small, the Canadian entertainment figure, vanished on December 2, 1919 and his disappearance was sensational and mystifying that it made a permanent mark on North American history. Small went to work at the age of 13 in his father’s modest establishment, Toronto’s Warden Hotel. In addition Small also took a part-time job as an usher at the Grand Theater. He slowly worked up the ranks to assistant manager and then booking manager, arranging for florid and spicy melodramas for the venue. These programs met with much success and Small began to prosper. He also began to buy interests in small theaters in and around Toronto. Small, just before his 40th birthday, suddenly married Teresa Small, the wealthy heiress to a brewing fortune. In 1919, Small and Teresa began negotiating the sale of the Small chain of theaters to a British-owned firm, Trans-Canada Theaters Limited. The deal was concluded on December 2, 1919 and the Small’s received a check for $1 million, with an additional $700,000 to be paid to them in installments over the next five years. The husband and wife endorsed the check and deposited it in their account at the Dominion Bank at 11:45 in the morning. The last time small was seen alive was around 5: 30 p.m. by his attorney, E.W.M. Flock as he walked out of the front foyer of the opera house and into a driving snowstorm. Several days passed before anyone realized that Small had disappeared. Once his disappearance became official though, the authorities launched the biggest manhunt in Canadian history, without success. Click on the web link below, read the case fiel and if you have any information about the disappearance of Ambrose Small, contact your local police.
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Ambrose Small
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Thank You.
Darrell "The Bossman" Bartell
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Special thanks to our listner Susan Malacari of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
for contributing this segment to today's program.

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